Why Failing to Lose Weight Is a Good Thing

IN A SERIES OF studies at Columbia University, it was found that people who successfully lose weight and keep it off have tried and failed a number of times before they finally succeeded.

When you change the way you eat or exercise, old habits tend to kick in and ruin your progress. To be successful, you first need to learn how to keep the changes and maintain them over time. Each attempt, even though it "failed," teaches you what you need to do to be successful in the future. In fact, the studies also showed that the more times you try to lose weight, the more likely the change will be permanent.

So don't give up on yourself if you've tried and failed. Your very next attempt may be the one that succeeds.

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Here's a more negative way to be positive, but when you are feeling angry or bitter or jealous or annoyed, this way is often easier than trying to muster a positive attitude directly:
Argue With Yourself and Win!

Sometimes and for some people, physical action works better than mental action for turning a negative attitude into a positive attitude. If that's you, you're in luck! You can behold the power of positive thinking even without trying to change your thinking! Check it out:
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Staff, H. (2008, November 5). Why Failing to Lose Weight Is a Good Thing, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 18 from

Last Updated: March 31, 2016

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